Track My Mac: Sunsetting

Track My Mac: Sunsetting

Track My Mac in MacKeeper 4 (known as Anti-Theft on previous MacKeeper generations 2 and 3) was launched to help Mac users protect and keep an eye on the locations of their devices.  

 

We developed Track My Mac to help meet the needs of our users as there were no similar services available back then. As you know it has been  an integral part of MacKeeper for some time.  

 

We always strive to provide you with the necessary tools to optimize and secure your Mac in one easy-to-use solution. And from analyzing today’s digital landscape and our users’ feedback, we can see new improvements and  opportunities to focus on what Mac users need and value the most. For instance, we’ve enhanced MacKeeper Antivirus by adding real-time protection  and improved the number of locations for the VPN. Our users can expect new features to be added soon so stay tuned for updates!

 

However, we regret to announce the removal of Track My Mac from future versions of MacKeeper. In the long run, we will stop supporting trackmymac.com and the feature itself in all versions of MacKeeper from June 1, 2021.

 

Despite this, your Mac can still be protected from thieves in the form of a reliable alternative.  Your Apple devices come with the free pre-installed Find My (or more commonly known as Find My Mac and Find My Phone) app. Let’s figure out how to enable it on your MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, or iMac. If you have questions or need help—contact us via the MacKeeper official website by using the Live Chat option.

 

Let’s explore the following:

How to uninstall TrackMyMac from iPhone

Uninstalling Track My Mac from your iPhone is the same as uninstalling any other app and takes just a few seconds. To delete TrackMyMac:

  • Find its icon—press and hold on the home screen of your device—tap that tiny X button Track My Mac from iPhone when the app starts jiggling

For the new iOS

  • Look for Track My Mac’s icon—long-press it—wait for the context menu to show up—tap the red marked Remove App option

Deactivate Track My Mac via MacKeeper account

Having uninstalled Track My Mac from your iPhone deactivate it on your MacKeeper account:

  • Go to your MacKeeper account—login—go to the Anti-Theft tab—turn off the location tracker tumbler next to your Mac’s name
mackeeper account anti-theft tab

How to Set up Find My Mac app

Once you read this or unpack a box with your new Mac— consider enabling and using Find My Mac. You can't be too careful when it comes to tracking, locking, or erasing your Mac. If left unattended—your MacBook can get stolen, or you can leave it in a cafe or a waiting lounge if in a hurry.  

 

First things first, let’s activate Location Services:  

  1. Open System Preferences—click on the Security & Privacy  tab
  2. Click on the small lock in the left bottom corner—type in your admin password when asked
  3. Tick the checkbox next to Find My
security & privacy location services tab with find my and the lock highlighted

Next, turn on Find My Mac:

  1. Open System Preferences—click on the Apple ID icon
  2. Locate and click iCloud in the left sidebar—scroll down for the Find My option—tick it
  3. Hit AllowUse Password—enter your admin password in the popup window to allow changes
Apple ID iCloud tab with pop up window allow find my mac to use the location of this mac

Note: Disabling Find My can be done using the same instruction.

 

There you go, use Find My to keep an eye on the location of your MacBooks, iOS devices, and even AirPods.

Use iCloud to access Find My Mac

No other Mac at hand you could use to access your iCloud account? The good thing that there are no limitations from where to track your Apple device —use any Mac computer or Windows PC and any browser to locate your stolen or lost Mac:

  1. Open any preferred browser—go to https://www.icloud.com
  2. Sign in with your Apple ID—click on the Find iPhone icon (note, there’s a standard option no matter which device you want to locate)
  3. Sign in again
  4. Hit the All Devices button at the top of the webpage—this will show all devices connected to your iCloud
  5. Look for your Mac’s name

How to find my Mac with an iPhone

  1. Open the Find My icon on your iPhone
  2. Tap on the Devices tab-find your Mac in the list-click it
  3. Check its last location

Locate a lost or stolen Mac with Find My

Using your iOS device:

  1. Tap Find My app—go to the Devices tab
  2. Select your lost or stolen Mac
  3. Get the location when it was last online
Find My devices tab

Using iCloud account:

  1. Go to https://www.icloud.com
  2. Sign in with your Apple ID and password to it
  3. Click on the green Find iPhone icon
  4. Click on the Devices button—look for your stolen or lost Mac
  5. Check its last location
icloud account find my phone all devices tab

Lock and erase your MacBook

Your MacBook gone missing? Take action immediately. Lock and erase your Mac using Find My. Let’s figure out which option is the best for you at this point.

Lock your lost or stolen MacBook

If you think there’s even a small chance your MacBook will get back home—lock it. This would shut it down and enable a 4-digit code of your choice. The data will be kept and the Apple Pay option will be disabled.

 

Use your iPhone or iPad:

  1. Open Find My app—Devices tab—select your missing Mac—go to Mark As Lost section
  2. Click ActivateContinue—follow the next hints to activate the 4-digit-code
find my devices tab mark as lost option with activate button highlighted

Use iCloud account:

  1. Go to iCloud account—sign in
  2. Click on the Find iPhone icon
  3. Click on the Devices tab—select your missing device
  4. In the popup window on the right click on Lock—confirm locking your Mac—set up a 4-digit code
find my lock mac option

Erase your missing MacBook

As a rule, wiping your Mac is done whenever you plan on selling it. However, when your MacBook got stolen, and you’re sure that there’s no chance of getting it back—erasing it comes into play:

 

Erase your missing Mac from iPhone or iPad:

  • Open Find My app—go to the Devices tab—choose your missing Mac—go to Erase This Device—follow the suggested instructions

Erase your missing Mac via your iCloud account:

  • Sign in to your iCloud account—Find iPhone—choose the missing Mac in the Devices tab—click on Erase Mac—confirm by clicking Erase again
erase this mac window with erase button highlighted

Find my Mac offline

If your Mac is offline or shut down—don’t fall into despair yet. There’s another option we could resort to. With Find My can notify you whenever your Mac goes online and thus located by the app. How does this work?

 

On your iPhone or iPad:

  • Open Find My on your phone—Devices tab—choose your device—move the tumbler next to Notify When Found

From any browser:

  • Sign in to your iCloudFind iPhone—All Devices tab—choose your missing MacBook from the list—mark a checkbox next to Notify me when found
Find My app notifications menu with notify when found highlighted

Now you know all about Find My and can keep calm about your Mac’s location.

How to protect your Mac with MacKeeper

Real-life criminals can take advantage of your personal information when your MacBook gets stolen or goes missing. Cybercriminals don’t need to take it away—they can steal your data when you go online. Ransomware, phishing, data breaches are on the rise.

 

With cybercrime skyrocketing and coronavirus phishing attacks, 2020 has become the year of online safety awareness. Keeping up with the latest trends and installing an antivirus that will protect your Mac has become an essential part of the Mac routine.

 

MacKeeper and its Antivirus are there for you 24/7. Real-time virus protection, integrated VPN, ID theft monitoring, ad-free browsing makes it worth trying. Install MacKeeper and it’s protection tools to see it for yourself!

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